A Joint Online Platform to Help Fight Counterfeit Agri Input In Uganda
Fighting counterfeit inputs in Uganda is taking a new shape. The umbrella organizations of agriculture input businesses with facilitation of USAID Feed the Future Uganda Agriculture Inputs Activity are developing an innovative on-line platform (web portal) that will screen and popularize the genuine agriculture input businesses and products in Uganda.
The web-portal brings together three vital associations in the in the agricultural sector in Uganda(Uganda Seed Trade Association, Uganda National Agro Input Dealers’ Association, and Croplife Uganda). The move is a step in the right direction for information sharing which will help increase access and availability of quality agri inputs and fight counterfeit inputs on the Ugandan Market.
The portal will bring together farmers, financial institutions, agro dealers, seed companies, and researchers for purposes of increasing information flow about the sector.
“This will be a one stop center for agriculture input players to interact, list products, share innovations and research. This way, it will be easy to isolate players that sell fake inputs as all the products will be inspected for minimum standards before being listed onto the platform”. Says Mr. Nelson Masereka, The Executive Secretary Uganda Seed Trade Association.
Mr. Nelson Masereka, The Executive Secretary of Uganda Seed Trade Association (USTA) says the web-portal will be an invaluable tool in fighting counterfeit agri inputs in Uganda.
This will in the long run help to reduce on the counterfeit rates in the country. “We are in the process of collecting content for the portal and it is the Feed the Future Uganda Agriculture Inputs Activity that is helping us to do that” Says Masereka.
It is hoped that the web platform will weed out the actors with fake inputs and they will be pushed out of business. Thanks to USAID Feed the Future Uganda Agriculture Inputs Activity for supporting this innovative Venture…
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